I can’t believe myself… writing up a really in-depth analysis of APH America & APH England’s cannon relationship. Kind of addresses the England and America being related subject, blows holes through it, actually.
i thought about death last on a tuesday. i thought about how decay is supposed to smell sweet and i wondered what that meant for its taste. i have no intention to find out, though i know curiosity, like cat to mouse, has a way of digging her claws in.
i thought about life last night. not just the sunrise, or the stars. not just the way the world goes dizzy at the edges when you hold your breath, but the way that the air feels in the aftermath of a storm. particles lightning-charged with the same kind of life that lingers in the synapses of a brain at the edge of discovery.
this morning i thought about you. you. you are hard to fold into words. i find that your curves do not like the way sentences feel when i try to hold them up against you, to see if i caught your image within them. the comparison is as weak as i was when i saw you last tuesday, or when you smiled at me last night.
tonight? who knows. the thing is, i think these days i laugh more than i cry, but i still think about death. i haven’t looked at the stars in a while but i still see them, and i will always watch for storms. you do not complete me as i was a person before you, but i like that we could live alone. it means we choose not to.
before anything else I’d like to mention that this compilation of pearl apologizing that’s going around is only 20 fucking seconds long. 20 SECONDS out of hours and hours of show right now really doesn’t mean shit in the grand scheme of things.
Also, you know what she hasn’t apologized for? Letting him fall in rose’s scabbard. Getting them chased by the police in last one out of beach city. Nearly killing him as a baby. All the times she’s made him feel bad for not being able to live up to rose’s legacy. She herself putting those expectations onto him.
Not to mention sorry doesn’t excuse the shit she did to garnet in the sardonyx arc
Also ‘apologizes more then any titular character’. They literally make a note in the post that steven apologizes the most out of the any of the characters and his name is in the damn title of the show
Not to mention the post basically tells people they’re wrong for criticizing pearl but knowing this person that’s to be expected.
If anybody wants to add more example of Pearl Not Apologizing onto this feel free
IN THIS HOUSE WE:
-respect everything ordis says even the puns
-thank lotus for any tips she gives even if it is “its the grineer”, because it means she cares
-make sure as many allied NPCs make it as possible
-DO NOT intentionally agro them worker guys on ceres or any wildlife because they are mindin their own business
-side with grineer BUT respect those that like corpus
-ALWAYS respond to clem
-acknowledge that sometimes baro brings good things but still hold it up to him for being an ass when he speaks
-acknowledge that sometimes simaris has good things but still hold it up to him for being dramatic
<b>someone:</b> what u got in ur mind<p/><b>me:</b> hehe, well, you know it...<p/><b>me, in my mind:</b> i just wish trans folks could just enjoy games the same way cis folks do. i wish trans people didnt have to be constantly looking out for the insults and disrespect from cis people whenever they want to check new content for the game they love so much. i wish trans girls and trans boys could enjoy being in a fanbase without the constant rejection from cis people and fetishization of characters that are trans as well. i wish cis people didnt "brush it off" so easily when it comes to literally rubbing trap jokes in the face of trans people who are only looking to enjoy a game that makes them happy, a game that literally has nothing to do with insulting the lgtb community. i just want cis people to stop saying theyre getting bullied when theyre basically bullying trans people into not enjoying a game, making the content, fanbase and fanart completely "no trans allowed". i wish trans people literally could enjoy what they like playing without brodudes being like "gotta attack the whole trans community in this game with my bad joke ahha offended much??". i wish cis people stopped attacking trans people who literally did nothing to them and were just having fun with a game<p/><b>me:</b> .... :'-)<p/></p>
on your biblical women post you added some names in the tags, so can you explain further why you like them as well?
Claudia Pilate - oh, the Pilates. You would think they would be the obvious villains of the Passion Play because, yknow… they’re the Romans. They’re the colonizers. They’re the ones who, essentially, send jesus to his death - but because the gospels are written as propaganda, some of that aimed towards Romans, the Pilates get pacified in the text and that puts them in this fascinating, villains-but-not, moral-but-not perspective that is one of the most complex and interesting parts of the passion. So some sources say Claudia is plagued with dreams about Jesus, and that’s why she warns her husband off killing him, and others say she’s a Christian convert - the first Christian convert. The Pilates and their weird psuedo-political actually love match moral quandry marriage/role in Judea is honestly the greatest
The Queen of Sheba - SHEBA IS THE BOMB HONESTLY. MY FAV SINCE I WAS LIKE SEVEN YEARS OLD she’s a figure that’s shrouded in myth - there’s arguments over where the kingdom of Sheba even was, so like most of the stuff in the old testament it’s all up in the air, historiography-wise - but honestly I love even just the concept of her, a queen in her own right with her own kingdoms to rule over, who wants to learn and understand about other faiths and people and so rocks up to the court of King Solomon like ‘teach me about god!’ and he looks at her like ‘mmmk… if you teach me about love’ WHAT GREAT RECIPROCITY BETWEEN THEIR ANCIENT NATIONS
Jezebel - LADY MACBETH, CERSEI LANNISTER, CLAIRE UNDERWOOD ARE ALL JUST DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF JEZEBEL. She’s the woman born into a male dominated world and uses every weapon she has - sexuality, manipulation, other people’s perception of her - to make a place for herself and win some power, any power. She’s villified for it, of course, and she meets her end because that’s what happens to women to connive, don’t you know, that’s what happens to women who assume that they’re on an equal playing field with men - and she’s demonised in the text because the text wants so badly for you to assosciate a woman who had agency with sin, and with false prophets, of going against the natural order of things. Jezebel knows her world, she knows how to wield power, she knows what symbolism does so even when she knows she’s about to die, she dresses up in all her finery and jewels because even though she lost, she’s still the queen.
Esther - y’all know your Margaery Tyrells and all those beautiful lowkey political conniving queens? ESTHER IS THE ORIGINAL FLAVOUR. ESTHER IS PROTOTYPE and i love her so much. So Esther’s a foreign queen in a foreign land, married to a king who killed his last wife. But despite all that, and the fact that she has absolutely no political capital, she still manages to use her beauty and her guile and her intelligence to sway the emperor and save not only herself BUT HER ENTIRE PEOPLE IN HIS KINGDOM. And she even makes him fall in love with her along the way ESTHER IS SO BOMB THAT IN THE SAUSAGE FEST THAT IS THE BIBLE SHE GETS HER OWN BOOK.
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a fucking good game to legit be happy for. Because it has Arc Systems. The developers who created the revolutionary Blazblue series.
They have gorgeous gameplay and controls, not to mention stylish mode which makes the games user-friendly for amateur fighting game players. Sure you could always button mash but in stylish mode, your button mashes are much more precise looking and effective. And then we have the story. I cannot stress this enough. Fighting games with engaging plotlines that rival RPGs with how intricate, convoluted, and yet still making sense. It’s fun to just fight things out but story mode really deserves its recognition.
And this new game isn’t just Blazblue. It’s BlazblueandPersona 4, RWBY,
Under Night In-Birth. These are all legitimately good titles on their own so imagine the sheer awesomeness of them all together.
TLDR BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has now held my wallet hostage in advance and if anyone wants to make a summon circle with me you’re free to join
“The world’s full of lies.
There’s no way of knowing what’s right.
All we can do is believe in ourselves.
From here on out, I use my eyes. Think. And act.
I might not make all the right choices.
But as long as I’m the one who decided what to do,
there’s nothing to regret.”
Puppy update #8: LUCA AND CALU ARE OFFICIALLY ADOPTED!!
It all began with this post: [X] (careful scrolling because it contains graphic images of the puppies’ injuries) Udates: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7
So this Friday, while I was on my second day of Comic Con PT as a seller in Artists’ Alley, I got a call from the animal association that’s been helping me trying to find a family for Luca and Calu and they gave me the most wonderful news:
The puppies were adopted by their temporary foster family!!
I honestly couldn’t even reply because I got all chocked up and started to sob my heart out, but I honestly was so happy that the puppies finally had a place they could call home I couldn’t deal with my emotions. I’m still a bit emotional because these puppies experienced first hand just how awful humans can be and for them to finally be treated, healthy and safe is a huge joy (and a relief) for me.
Their foster family (now adoptive) loved them so much that they decided to keep them as members of their own family. What’s more, the babies will never be alone and apart from each other. This was a fear of mine all along too, in case people decided to adopt just one of them and separate them. Thankfully it wasn’t the case!
That said, any donations I receive will be promptly transferred to the animal association that helped me find these puppies a family. Their specialty is to care for mothers and babies who were left abandoned (although they do not refuse to care for other animals) and they’re always in need for donations. If you’re interested to know more about them, please send me a non-anon ask and I’ll be more than glad to link you to their facebook.
I know I’ve thanked everyone a million times, but I’m so thankful for all the help provided and your generous donations to help ensure these puppies would be taken care of. Any amount of donations given were so helpful and vital for the babies… I’m eternally thankful to everyone who contributed and last Friday we saw the results of our efforts!
The babies finally have a home!!
This is a happy ending for them, but I’ll keep supporting the association that helped me because our job never ends (if you want to help just let me know! We have a lot of mothers and babies in serious need of treatment).
I’ll still post their pictures here, so they can bring your day some joy and hope.
In honor of Haikyuu Day (August 19th), many of the Engeki HQ cast are giving congratulations~
Kawasumi Bishin (Taketora) will read Haikyuu today to celebrate! Suga Kenta (Hinata) will eat soft-boiled egg over rice (Hinata’s favorite food~)! Tomimori Justin (Asahi) didn’t know so he was pleasantly surprised! Shiota Kouhei (Tanaka) decided to go for… dialect switching because he missed the time he wanted to post his tweet.
Firstly, about the blog: We would like to thank you for your support of this blog! The blog is only about a day old, and yet we’ve had quite a few new followers! I know when the first few followers started arriving, me, Mod Toko, and Mod Hinata were so excited!!! This blog was finally official, and it was the first time any of us had made a blog like this! I am sure the same feelings of joy were shared with our other mods on this blog! We are all so happy that some of you are enjoying the jokes!
Secondly, about our memes floating in the shipping tag: I would like to apologize to those of you going through the KomaHina tag and finding things that are not, in fact, Komaeda/Hinata related (or not explicitly so, at least). It has come to our attention that this has caused discomfort. This was not our intention, and a rookie mistake that tagging this “komahina”, komahina? and the other komahina would still show up in the komahina tag. We will be doing our best to avoid this problem in the future!
I and the other mods of course do realize that, yes, KomaHina refers to one specific pairing,
, and most of us do ship it to some degree! It was just a dumb joke that I made, as a prank to my die-hard KomaHina followers, that ended up appealing to the other mods here, and the joke spread. As far as I know, none of us are serious shippers of the KomaHina variants, and it wasn’t meant to disrespect the actual ship.
To avoid further tainting the tag with our memes, we will be using the tag こま狛朝日 (probably until we can think up of a better English alternative) as that should not show up in the KomaHina tag and it will allow you to blacklist the tag for good measure when going through the main character tags!
We encourage anyone that would like to join in on this meme to do the same! If we come up with a better name, we will let you all know!
For older posts, it might be a good idea to try to blacklist the following tags…: “komahina” , komahina? , the other komahina*
…at least until all of us get the time to change our tags!
We are also trying to come up with some tag names for all of the variants, including our OT4! If anyone has any suggestions, please let us know! It will help us keep the meme away from the shipping tag!
TLDR: Thank you for the support that was shown for this blog! In return to this fandom that has brought us mods together, we will be extra careful to make sure that this post is the LAST time
shows up in the KomaHina tag!
Thank you very much for your time, and sincerest apologies for the inconvenience!
Okay. So, considering my Open Letter to WTNV Fandomis now (as of time of this writing) at 750 notes (which is 749 more than I expected) maybe it’s about time to address the reblogs. I’ve said repeatedly I don’t have time to track each one down and respond individually because my blog will become nothing but endless reblog arguments, which I am not interested in. So. Below are the most common things I have heard in tags and reblogs (Yes. I read every tag and every reblog.)
I PROMISE TO KEEP MY TLDRS FREE FROM SARCASM. Because I know I’m long winded. Even though it irritates me.
Disclaimer: Tag and reblog numbers are combined because I cannot possibly open every single reblog that only has tags, I used tagviewer for the tags. Also numbers classified under Neutral may boost negative response numbers, because some people just tagged things that didn’t classify their opinion, and I couldn’t tell by the tag. I took the most outstanding trait of the tag or reply and counted it under one category, or a combo category.
I did not even count the Ask responses I received, all but two of which are published for you to see on the #wtnvletter tag. Two wished to remain private.
TLDR: Responding to notes. tag + reblog = numbers below
POSITIVE REACTION TO LETTER
General support (including Thank Yous): 60
Feel this is important: 12
This/bless this/read this: 18
Gentle pleas to be kind to each other within fandom/can we discuss this topic without screaming: 7
Injured by/scared of the fandom: 13
Cannot listen to podcasts/post fan-material or opinions anymore: 8
Demands/requests to stop policing headcanons: 14
Someone said it: 5
Worried about direction fandom is taking/change things: 8
WTNV is worst fandom/friends resistant to joining/friends hurt: 6
I’m not making up these responses. Look through the tags yourself. This is a good chunk of the fandom here, some ex-fandom. Does this tell you anything?
NEUTRAL REACTION TO LETTER
Neutral/unsure of category because of tags: 52
First they’ve heard of it: 15
NEGATIVE REACTION TO LETTER
–PEOPLE I DO NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY
Personal attacks/cursing/this post is complete BS: 4
I hope more people leave the fandom/I don’t believe you: 5
*slow clap GLaDOS style*
Takes issue with Brony comparison/word-twisting segway about bronies: 3
For the Brony comparison, I have two things to say. First, thank you for educating me on the fact that there was a campaign against a 16 year old by the bronies involving rape and death threats. I was completely unaware of this, and will research it, unless one of you is kind enough to provide me a link.
Second, not once did I say that WTNV’s issues with race were similar to the issue stated above. Not. Once. Exactly what I said was “I do not enjoy the extremely vocal, forceful, and spiteful part of the (MLP) fandom. Not all Bronies are like that, but Bronies are often typified by their loudest, angriest components. In that case, my good Nightvaliens, you are worse than Bronies.” Important parts bolded. How that turned into me suddenly comparing social justice warriors to rapists and pedophiles I will never know.
TLDR: Brony point blown totally out of context.
Anti-SJW: 3 or 4 (did not count exact, more recent label)
Let. Me. Ask. You. Something.
What is a Social Justice Warrior supposed to do?
Because I have been under the impression all this time that Social Justice Warriors are the ones that go after the people with malicious intent in a given social issue, giving THOSE people the brunt of their anger, while trying to gently educate people who don’t understand and never meant any harm. Am I wrong?
It FEELS like, too often, the term SJW gives SOME the license to bully. In my note I specifically said that if someone is intentionally causing misery to X demographic, be my guest, go shred them. But that it is not appropriate to slam people who have no ill intent.
I believe in the power of words. I believe in the power of words to cause change, for great good or great harm. I have a cause too. And my cause is calling out the abuse of one. Human. Being. By another. Through their misuse and weaponization of words. For this reason I have greatly censored my reaction to several of the above reblogs/tags in writing this.
It’s not just “being mean doesn’t solve anything”. It’s “Cruel words breed exactly the sentiments you say you’re trying to avoid.”
TLDR: No. Not anti-SJW. Anti-cruelty, anti-creativity-controlling.
–PEOPLE I HAVE NO REACTION TO
General disapproval: 3
–PEOPLE I TAKE SERIOUSLY
Rational responses using logic and basis, if a bit angry: 6
I appreciate your viewpoints even if we disagree. I admit I wrote the letter defensively, angry at seeing how many people have been hurt. But there is something very wrong if there is this much bitterness around. Yes, there is blame to share, but that is the point. It is not just one faction’s blame. The knee-jerk reaction breeds worse poison that rots the whole, and I don’t think anyone wants that. I’m more than happy to discuss with anyone the content of my letter in messages, private or not.
I realize you have no way of knowing this based on the letter I wrote, but I am not someone who enjoys confrontation. It takes great incivility to drive me to anger, and in that letter I did not 100% lose my marbles, as I have in the past. (I’m not even sure that linked note presented any kind of coherent argument, I was seeing red.) I did not 100% lose my marbles because there is validity in what you say, yes there needs to be representation, but attacking people for attempting to express their fandom love is not helpful, it’s abusive, and is alienating quite a few people. And not just the “assholes” you think you’re pushing away or shutting up.
The letter was reaction to hurt and abuse I’ve seen. It was a reaction to seeing people, who already struggle to produce creativity, completely shut down because of an aspect of their expression. Civil discussion is more than welcome. I’m not perfect, but I try my best to be honest and calm when people are honest and calm with me.
TLDR: Respectfully disagree. Message me if you want to talk. I don’t bite rational people.
Angry at me because they appreciate Nightvale for making them look at their own privilege more: 2
Bravo. Good. I am glad. I admit I also need to understand more about my own privilege. But it should never ever come in the form of a backhand to the face, or a kick in the teeth. And that, more often than not, is how I have seen it dealt out. Emphasis on what I have seen. And if you want to say I’m oversensitive, please, refer to the people above in the Positive section who are now afraid to post anything, or have been hurt badly by people in the fandom.
TLDR: Self-examination good. Method of rage education questionable.
Don’t shame the whole fandom because of a few of us: 7
This is the most difficult to address, although I have done it a few times now. Here is my response concerning this. My blog format jumbled it up, so you might want to read the person’s main post which is bold and toward the end of the note for some reason. Then go back up and I answered several points.
TLDR: I know it’s not all of you. Telling you what the fandom appears like from the outside. Emphasis on “appears”.
OVERALL REACTION TO REBLOGS AND TAGS
Positives: Thank you.
Negatives: Believe it or not, this is not me attempting to undermine social justice. But social justice was never supposed to steamroll and abuse. And whether YOU IN PARTICULAR READING THIS have or have not partaken in the abuse, it is happening in the fandom. And it is happening way too much. And that is undermining the entire fandom. And if the fandom wants to survive, the entire fandom has to figure out a solution. And THAT is what I meant.
Open to Asks. No time to respond to every reblog. I do, however, read all reblogs and tags.
Ages ago, someone asked me for my thoughts on character ages, and seeing as the localization seems to be following my headcanon with surprising accuracy (“the adult that you technically are”), I figure it was high time to finish this draft up and post it, because I’ve always looked at her like that.
I think Elise considers the following things to be true:
Being an adult is scary and dangerous. Adults may have to kill people they love. She’s surprised to hear of the history of fratricide between her siblings when Leon talks about it, but doesn’t reject the idea with the vehemence that someone who truly considered such a thing unbelievable would – she has some innate understanding of brutality
(is it a coincidence she’s the only Nohr sibling in a non combat class?). Recall that she’s been exposed to the court of Nohr and the undercity teeming with lowlives; she is less sheltered than Kamui is.
Her family’s happiness is more important than her life. I don’t think this one is arguable; it’s very directly demonstrated, and the fact that she seems to honestly believe Marx would be able to move on from killing her says a lot about how important she thinks she is to him. Her Kamui support is also consistent with this.
Her siblings are at their happiest playing with her. Elise can’t possibly miss that her siblings tend to be very serious people in their daily lives (her Harold support is even directly about getting Marx to smile). Camilla flat out tells her that her optimism and cheer will be what saves Nohr. She’s the only sibling who visits Kamui on such a regular basis. She knows that her brightness has value to them.
And so, with all of those facts, is it so unbelievable that a ~16 year old could prefer to talk of becoming a woman in dreamy, hypothetical terms? That she’d eschew war councils for tag? That she’d keep herself to childish activities over the harsh adulthood of Nohr?
I don’t think that Elise actively lies about anything, but she’s deeply internalized these things and it causes her to shy away from the idea of true adulthood and independence. It’s much safer to play and dream, and it makes her siblings happier, too – why change?
so i dont really have the energy to write out an explanation why tagging #pda on these posts is homophobic because i thought it was more self explanatory than it seems but im getting a few asks about it so im just gonna link to two explanations here and here that i just skimmed and agree with.
tldr being asked to tag #pda (on things that arent “public displays of affection” at all btw) is so people can blacklist ~gay content. and its not ~romantic content, which it’s hidden under the guise of. the standards for what counts as “pda” for straight couples is very, very different from what society sees as “pda” for gay couples- and therefore these harmless posts about like, walking on the beach holding your girlfriends hand and thinking shes pretty suddenly becomes “pda”. ??? you are literally asking us to sensor ourselves by not only allowing people to choose not to see us, but enforcing it, by tagging the blacklist for them.
if you really really must tag these posts for aromantic people or w/e tag #romance or something like that but i would prefer it and feel more comfortable if you asked them to just blacklist this blog. its their job if they dont want to see posts like these, because like i said we’ve gone from labeling regular sga (same gender attraction) couple pictures as #pda to tagging harmless sga aesthetic/ suggestion posts as #pda, and its all just so messed up please dont do it